I don't know if you've been keeping up with recent Disney news, but Frozen is coming to Broadway and I am pumped! Disney keeps releasing photos of the cast and set and it all is just so pretty and makes me so happy! I've posted a few of the photos below for those of you who haven't seen them.
(Obviously, all of these photos are Disney copyrighted, and I take no credit for them)
For more info about the show and to keep updated on any further news about it, check out their Frozen the Musical website.
Frozen is by no means the first animated movie that Disney's taken to Broadway. They've had great success in the past in their stage adaptations of movies like Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. They've also brought a few live action films to the stage like Mary Poppins and Newsies.
It's always fun to speculate which Disney Movie they'll pick to adapt next (my money's on Hercules) but I got to thinking, what if they flipped the process? Are there any Broadway musicals that should be made into Disney Animated movies?
My theater geek friends and I had a lot of fun coming up with our top five shows, and for each I've included some incredible fan art, so that you can get a sense of what the animation would look like. I hope that you like our choices, and let me know in the comments below if there are any others that you think could be animated.
Also, I should clarify that these are shows whose plot and style would fit the "Disney style" of animated movies. For example, while I would absolutely adore an animated Les Miserables, it doesn't exactly seem like the type of movie that Disney would make.
When coming up with this list, Grease was one of the first shows to pop into my head since the movie version already features an animated opening credits sequence. Obviously, Disney would have to cut some major plot points in order to receive the "G" rating that their animated movies typically have, but I think this is a strong choice for an animated movie, since it has some awesome upbeat musical numbers and it's loved by all ages. Can't you just picture an animated "Greased Lightnin'" scene?
This fun show has already gotten a film adaptation and a live musical event, but it is still so deserving of an animated movie, as well. Although it's set in Baltimore in the 60's, its themes are still so globally relevant. Plus, the characters are already pretty much walking caricatures, so they could easily exaggerate their characteristics through the art style.
The song that I most want to see animated is "You Can't Stop the Beat." Everytime I hear it, I just want to get up and dance!
While coming up with this list, we were trying to come up with Broadway characters that could fit in with the Disney Princesses, and Miss Honey from Matilda immediately came to mind! Pair that with a larger than life Trunchbull and an adorable cast of kids and you've got the makings of a classic animated movie!
2. My Fair Lady
To be fair, I may just be partial to this one because I grew up watching it, but I think that My Fair Lady would make a gorgeous animated movie! I mean, there's already a ton of princess-like outfits and Eliza literally attends a ball! Plus I could see them using some beautiful flower imagery to set the backdrop of the movie.
Obviously, Wicked is my number one choice! Why wouldn't it be? It actually, supposedly, has already been in talks for having an animated adaptation. I think that one of the most convincing arguments for making it animated is the fact that Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth could come back to voice Elphaba and Glinda, even though they would be too old to play them in a live-action adaptation.
The incredibly talented "squeegool" on DeviantArt would probably agree with my top choice, since she's drawn a whole collection of animated Wicked artwork. I've included a few below, but be sure to check out the whole collection. They're amazing!
Well, what did you think of my list? Are there any other broadway shows that you'd add? There probably are. It was really difficult narrowing the list down to only five! Let me know your choices in the comments below!
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